Lloret de Mar:
Lloret de Mar was the perfect place to have my first, and certainly not the last travel bloggers conference, known as TBEX. Prior to this event, l had no knowledge of the existence of this beach town. Now, l can’t seem to stop singing it’s praises. I fell in love. I hope my pictures do it justice.
Lloret de Mar has been a favorite destination for people in the European Union for ages. I knew Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner spent some time in Costa Brava during their tumultuous courtship. I did not know that Truman Capote wrote his classic “In Cold Blood” there as well. This was told to us by the town car driver. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could write about such horrible, grisly murders while surrounded by such incredible beauty.
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The Hotel Rosamar and Spa which was right on the beach. It was a half board that included full breakfast too, none of that continental breakfast nonsense with dry croissants and cereal. The hotels in Lloret de Mar can be booked as all inclusive as well for a few extra bucks. Very convenient!
There are beautiful beaches all along the coast line, so you have your pick. The closest one to the hotel was the Lloret beach. It was so nice to be able to walk the length daily to attend the conference. There were parties nightly, and l never felt unsafe walking by myself in the middle of the night.
I also loved walking down the narrow streets discovering little surprises like the Catholic church Santa Roma, with it’s Gothic look or a sweet little bakery that a friend and l had the most delicious red velvet cupcakes.
The visit to Santa Clotilde Gardens was so special. It had the most amazing views of the sea. The gardens were donated to the city by the family that own the house. The upkeep required 14 gardeners daily! They do however still retain ownership of the house which is closed to the public. It’s such a beautiful place that you could easily spend hours just people watching and taking in the spectacular views.
The excursion of the coast line with MST Nautica (Charter Lloret) was awesome! Getting to see Lloret de Mar and the neighboring towns from the other side was fantastic.
Tapas: Workshop at El Romani restaurant in Lloret de Mar with about 10 other bloggers. It was so much fun learning and getting to try our hand at making tapas! Alas.. my creation did not win! I did however, get to enjoy a lot of awesome food.
The opening night party at the Santa Cristina beach:
The sessions at the conference were very helpful. I came away with way more knowledge, and l am going to implement a lot of the things l learned. Thank you to everyone who made this such a memorable event! I hope l never get to the point where l am jaded by any of this. A lot of people spent many hours getting this all together, and l am so grateful to TBEX and the tourism board of Lloret de Mar and Costa Brava.
What do you think of my epic first blogger conference? Does Lloret de Mar sound like a place you would consider in the future? or are you just not a beach lover?